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BvS 10 / Viking

Armored all-terrain tracked carrier

BvS 10 / Viking

The BvS 10 articulated tracked carrier normally remains out of contact with hostile troops

 
 
Entered service 2003
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 10.6 t
Length 7.55 m
Width 2.1 m
Height 2.2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm / 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Cummins diesel
Engine power 275 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 km/h
Range 300 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 100%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.5 m
Fording (with preparation) Amphibious

 

   The BvS10 armored all-terrain tracked carrier is a further development of the Bv206S. It was developed by Hagglunds in cooperation with UK MoD. Improvements are based on experience gained from more than 25 years of articulated vehicle design and production. The BvS10 is in service with United Kingdom (143) and the Netherlands (74). It is locally known as the Viking in UK. This product name was later adopted by the Dutch Army. First vehicles were delivered in 2003. In 2009 France ordered a first batch of 53 vehicles out of a total of 129. In 2012 Sweden ordered 42 and later additional 102 of these all-terrain carriers.

   Vehicle consists of two articulated tracked units, linked by a steering mechanism. All four rubber tracks are driving continuously.  Viking has the same superior mobility over rough terrain as its predecessor.

   The BvS 10 provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm ball rounds. Vehicle retains mobility even if a track is damaged by an anti-personnel mine. Optional add-on armor makes it invulnerable to the 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds.

   The BvS 10 has improved payload capacity comparing with its predecessor and provides seating for a total of 12 men, including the driver. Forward unit has a payload capacity of 800 kg, rear - 2 000 - 3050 kg, depending on mission profile. Vehicle can also tow trailer with a maximum weight of 3 t.

   Vehicle can be armed with 12.7-mm or 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the forward unit. The rear unit can be configured to carry various weapon systems. However in its normal deployment this vehicle remains out of contact with hostile troops.

   The BvS 10 articulated tracked carrier has new engine and chassis. Vehicle is powered by a Cummins turbocharged diesel engine, developing 275 horsepower. Vehicle is fully amphibious with less than two minutes preparation. It has operation range in temperature range from - 46C to + 49C. The BvS 10 is airportable by the C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III. It can be carried underslung by the CH-47 Chinook or split in two sections and carried by the Merlin helicopter.

   The BvS 10 has already reached its limit of further uparmoring. So recently a bigger Viking Mk.2 with higher payload has been developed by BAE Systems.

 

Variants

 

   Armored personnel carrier;

   Command vehicle;

   Ambulance;

   Recovery vehicle;

   BvS 10 Mk.II, improved version of the original all-terrain vehicle. It features much improved mine protection, more powerful engine, and many other changes. Improvements are based on experience gained during operations in Afghanistan. The Viking Mark II retains a carrying capacity of its predecessor. The UK MoD ordered a small batch of the Mk.II for service in Afghanistan;

   BvS 10 Beowulf is a recent unarmored version of the Viking. It uses power pack, chassis and track system of the Viking. The Beowulf was revealed in 2015. It proposed as a replacement for the successful Bv 206 that is still used in large numbers around the world;

   Bronco, an improved variant of the BvS 10, jointly developed in Singapore by ST Kinetics and Thales. It has greater range and improved payload capacity. It was adopted by the British Army as the Warthog. A total of 115 vehicles were ordered. Majority of them were delivered in 2010 and were widely used during a War in Afghanistan.

 

Video of the BvS 10 / Viking all-terrain tracked carrier

 
BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking


 
BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

BvS 10 / Viking

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